Berkeley County South Carolina Sheriff's Office

Detention Center Deputies


The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Hill-Finklea Detention Center is always actively recruiting qualified candidates for the position of Detention Deputy. If you are interested in joining a multi-talented, multi-cultural and professional organization that is dedicated in providing the utmost safe, secure, and humane detention center consider applying with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office Hill-Finklea Detention Center today! You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside a highly trained, dedicated, professional, compassionate, and diverse correctional workforce. Whether you are already certified as a Detention Deputy, in another career and seeking a change of pace, or just wanting to get started, we have a place for you!

Detention Deputies work 12-hour shifts, enjoy every other weekend off and can laterally transfer to other job functions within the detention center. As a Berkeley County Detention Deputy, you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of other specialized teams throughout our Detention Center and Court System including our Detention Centers Tactical Response Team “S.O.R.T”, Booking, Identification, Classification, Training, Transportation, Court Detention, and Central Control. You will have the be able to attend advanced training classes and work unlimited overtime if  desired.

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Employment Process

Applicants for Detention Deputy positions must successfully pass an extensive background process. This includes driver’s license and criminal history checks, credit checks and verification of employment as well as education records. It also includes a reading comprehension test, a physical abilities test, a polygraph examination along with medical and psychological screening.  Uncertified candidates will also have to complete a 3-week Basic Jail South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, located in Columbia, South Carolina.  

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Detention Deputy


This position provides security and safety within the Detention Center, which ensures the enforcement of state and local laws relating to public safety and welfare and at times work under stressful, high-risk conditions.



Special Requirements:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Physical Demands:

This position requires the employee to sit and stand; use hands and fingers to handle, feel, finger, grasp objects such as weapons, handcuffs, etc.; reach, pull and push with hands and arms; balance, climb, crawl, crouch, kneel and bend; use mental acuity and repetitive motion; and walk, talk, and hear. The employee must lift and carry up to seventy-five (75) pounds and move one hundred fifty (150) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. 

Work Conditions:

The work is regularly performed in a dynamic environment that requires sensitivity to change and responsiveness to changing goals, priorities and needs. Twelve (12) hour work schedule on assigned shift. Scheduled hours/days, job location, duties and any other information contained herein is subject to change. May be required to work extra hours and to perform extra or different duties during emergency situations.


Berkeley County offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package to its employees, including:

Berkeley County upholds federal, state, and local laws that protect employees and job applicants from discrimination on the bases of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, veteran status, marital status, or any other non-merit-based factors protected by federal, state, or local law.

The County has the right to revise this position description at any time, and thus does not represent in any way a contract of employment. All employees of Berkeley County Government are employed on an “at-will” basis, which means that the employee may discontinue the employment relationship at any time, with or without notice or cause, and that Berkeley County Government may discontinue the employment relationship on the same grounds.